Using FTDNA's website

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Family Tree DNA

Why Choose FTDNA?

What happens when I test at FTDNA?

How do I use FTDNA's personal page and website most effectively?


 Why Choose FTDNA?

When you choose to test at Family Tree DNA, you  are testing with the most respected DNA testing company in the world of genetic genealogy.

Here's why:

  • FTDNA has the world's largest database of DNA tests for genealogy
  • FTDNA provides direct email access to your genetic matches.
  • FTDNA facilitates project membership in multiple projects (you have direct comparison in each with no additional testing and at no extra charge.)
  • FTDNA offers the SNP Assurance Program: if no backbone Haplogroup can be estimated with 100% certainty, FTDNA will SNP test your sample for free
  • FTDNA retains your test sample for 25 years.
  • FTDNA maintains a public database for comparison with tests from any company.
  • FTDNA offers the ability to upload your Gedcom to share with your matches.
  • FTDNA allows those tested at other companies to retest at FTDNA for a reduced cost to allow them access to all of FTDNA's services and its database.
  • FTDNA strongly supports Surname projects and Surname Project Administrators.

What happens when I test at FTDNA?

  1. You will receive a test kit through the mail within a few days.
  2. You will receive a password that allows you to log in at http://www.familytreedna.com/ to see your personal page.
  3. Your personal page at FTDNA allows you to
    1. control your contact information
    2. post your most distant ancestor
    3. join projects
    4. follow the progress of your results through the lab
    5. see and contact your matches
    6. upload your GEDCOM
    7. upload your results to Ysearch
    8. order upgrades
  4. You will be notified by email when your results are ready.
  5. You will be notified by email whenever you have a new match

How do I use FTDNA's personal page most effectively?

  • Use World Families' guide to Using FTDNA's Personal Page
  • Provide all the information that is requested at FTDNA:  Most distant ancestors, their birthplace and date of birth, your updated contact information, a signed release.
  • Upload your GEDCOM to your personal page and upload your yDNA results to Ysearch through your personal page.
  • Join your test results to all relevant projects:  surname, haplogroup, geographic.
  • Guide to using your FTDNA personal page

Tell me more about FTDNA's tools and information. 

World Families has created a comprehensive list of the information available on the  Family Tree DNA website that is useful to anyone involved in DNA testing for genealogy. 
Click here for more information.